The Most Asked Question: Storyline vs Rise?

The Most Asked Question: Storyline vs Rise? 

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This week, I’m answering a burning question that is on top of the minds of many e-learning professionals: Which tool should I use for my e-learning Articulate Storyline or Articulate Rise?

My answer: It depends…

I know it’s a lousy answer😉 but let me explain….

Before you jump in, having a clear vision of your project’s needs and knowing both tool’s strengths and weaknesses are crucial. Only then can you truly decide between Storyline and Rise.

Let’s first explore the strengths and weaknesses of Storyline.

What is Storyline 360

Storyline 360 is an e-learning authoring tool with a slide-based interface. With Storyline you have complete freedom in the design of your course and where to place elements on your slide. With Storyline you have the possibility to create courses with custom scenarios, interactive videos, simulations and gamified quizzes to create e-learning courses.

Here are Storyline’s Pros and Cons.


  1. High Customizability: Storyline offers a wide range of tools and features to create great interactions such as branching scenarios, and animations, catering to specific learning objectives and experiences.
  2. Advanced Interactivity: With its trigger-based system, variables, and states, Storyline can create complex interactive elements, simulations and gamified content.
  3. Built-in templates: Storyline has lots of built-in templates so you don’t have to start from scratch every time if you are a less experienced developer or have less time.


Responsiveness: While Storyline offers design capabilities for various devices, achieving a truly responsive design that adapts perfectly across all devices is impossible. Storyline scales the content.

Desktop Dependency: Storyline is a desktop application, so it lacks the flexibility of cloud-based solutions, which allow for anywhere, anytime editing.

Steep Learning Curve: The extensive features of Storyline 360 can be daunting if you are a beginner.

What is Rise?

Rise 360 is a cloud-based e-learning authoring tool designed for creating responsive and modern online courses. With its web-based interface, you can build courses using pre-designed modules and templates that automatically adjust to fit any device, be it a desktop, tablet, or smartphone. Its modular approach, combined with a range of interactive features, ensures rapid course development while maintaining a high-quality learner experience.

These are the Pros and Cons of Rise:


  1. Responsive Design: Rise 360 is inherently built for multi-device compatibility. Courses automatically adapt to fit desktops, tablets, and smartphones, ensuring a consistent learner experience across all devices.
  2. User-Friendly Interface: With its web-based, drag-and-drop functionality, Rise 360 allows for rapid course development, even for those with little to no prior e-learning design experience.
  3. Collaborative Features: Rise 360 supports real-time collaborative authoring, enabling multiple team members to work on a course simultaneously, streamlining the development process.


  1. Limited Customization: While Rise 360 offers a range of pre-designed modules and templates, it may not provide the depth of customisation some advanced designers seek, especially compared to tools like Storyline 360.
  2. Internet Dependency: Being a cloud-based tool, Rise 360 requires an active internet connection for course creation, which might be limiting in environments with connectivity issues.
  3. Lack of Advanced Interactivity: Rise 360, while excellent for linear and modular courses, may not be the best fit for courses requiring intricate interactions, simulations, or complex branching scenarios.

Now that you know both tools’ pros and cons, let’s consider when it’s best to use one or another.

Imagine your project needs to create some custom interactions and custom branching. Which tool would be the most appropriate?

Indeed: The correct answer Storyline

You have another e-learning that is a performance support e-learning for construction workers to operate a machine that automatically lays pavement stones. Construction workers can view the performance support on their mobile phones. Which tool suits this situation best?

Correct again: Articulate Rise!

While Articulate Storyline and Rise 360 have great features, the key lies in aligning the tool’s strengths with your project’s requirements.

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to the question: Storyline vs. Rise which tool should I choose? If you have clarity on your objectives and know each tool’s pros and cons, you’re well-equipped to make the best choice for every e-learning project.

See you next week



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